Shumbalala Lodge is a small and intimate safari camp situated in the game-rich Thornybush Private Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Guests are guaranteed an exclusive game viewing experience at this African-themed lodge where personal service and an informal atmosphere are hallmarks.

In between exciting morning and afternoon game drives, spend your days relaxing at the lodge or exploring the area on foot with a guide. Shumbalala's decks offer comfortable perches from which to savour the views and spot animals at the seasonal river and permanent waterhole.


  • Located in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, fantastic game-rich reserve
  • Small & intimate lodge
  • Personalised service & informal atmosphere
  • Perfect for families, stay in the Presidential 2-bedroom suite

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At Shumbalala Lodge relaxation comes first whether it's on the game viewing decks, in the swimming pool or at one of the lodge's two lounges.

You can also catch up on some shopping at the curio shop or browse for an interesting read at the library.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Computer facilities
    Laundry service
    Wi-fi available


Shumbalala Lodge offers sumptuous cuisine prepared by an experienced and professional team and served either on the viewing decks overlooking the waterhole or by candlelight in more formal surroundings in the main dining room, accompanied by a crackling fire in winter.

Open-air fireside dinners are also available for you to enjoy Africa's night sounds while feasting on freshly prepared and cooked-on-the-spot meals.

Superior Suite

Shumbalala Lodge accommodates a maximum of eight guests, thus ensuring genuine exclusivity. The luxury suites line the banks of the seasonal Monwana River and have been built under magnificent shady trees.

Each suite has an overhead fan, air-conditioning, an open fireplace and en suite bathroom plus a private viewing deck. For the more adventurous there is an additional outside shower where you can wash off Africa's dust while taking in the surrounding views. Note that one suite at Shumbalala has been designed to accommodate guests in wheelchairs.

Superior Suite AMENITIES

    Air conditioning
    En-suite bath and shower
    International adaptors
    Mini bar
    Outdoor shower
    Safe in room

Other Room Types

For families or those seeking a even more luxurious experience, the Presidential Suite is ideal as it offers a covered plunge pool, a large wooden deck and a private boma area.


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Bird watching
  • Bush dining
  • Day tours
  • Elephant interactive experience
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • High tea on offer
  • Hot air ballooning
  • River cruises
  • Specialist guides
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2018 $700 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 06 Jan 2018 - 29 Mar 2018 $650 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 30 Mar 2018 - 02 Apr 2018 $700 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 03 Apr 2018 - 26 Apr 2018 $650 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 27 Apr 2018 - 01 May 2018 $700 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 02 May 2018 - 31 Jul 2018 $650 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018 $700 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018 $650 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $700 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2018 - 19 Dec 2018 $650 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 20 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $700 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Presidential Suite,Suite,Exclusive Use Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Our stay at Shambalala was absolutely AMAZING! The staff was fantastic and super attentive to our needs and having only 4 total couples on the resort made everything feel so intimate and personal. By far went above and beyond what we had hoped for.

    Laura Dykins, September 2015
  • This was an AMAZING vacation. You planned it perfectly. Every place we stayed was superb and all vendors involved did as you scheduled. Shumbalala Lodge was top of the list. With only a maximum of 10 guests, we were certainly well taken care of. The safari exceeded my expectations. I have photographs that blow my mind every time I look at them. Actually, I’m still going through all 2500 of them.

    Ken Oksson, August 2014
  • Shumbalala lodge was perfect!

    Valerie McClintock, March 2014
  • It was the trip of a lifetime and we hope to do it again. We loved both Shumbalala and Londolozi. We found Shumbalala was smaller in scale, cozier and more intimate. Chalet 5 provided a great view of their man-made watering hole. We loved especially the fireplace in our bedroom which, upon our request, they kept going 24/7. We loved the outdoor showers at both places. The food at Shumbalala, prepared by Lynn, was stupendous. She met with all of us every day to tailor the meals and snacks to our requests. The weather in general was much cooler at Shumbalala because it is further north. They made heavy jackets, blankets and hot water bottles available to us to keep us warm. The veld was still lush and quite green but allowed easy game viewing. The bush was more dense at Shumbalala with more watering holes whereas Londolozi had wide open spaces and a greater variety of vegetation that was beginning to turn brownish. Thus, at Londolozi game viewing was generally easier. The variety of game we saw was stupendous, not to mention the birdlife which surprised us and especially delighted Allen. We saw lions (males, females and cubs), elephants, giraffe, wilderbeast, warthogs, impala, rhinoceros (white and black), water buffalo, hippos, and African wild dogs in abundance. We saw animals we did not even know existed. We saw three leopards, two at close range (at Londolozi which we learned was the more likely place as they had more of them). We saw two cheetah kills, one at each lodge, the second from start to finish and with two cubs in tow. Our guides, Wiehan at Shumbalala and James at Londolozi, were incredibly knowledgeable, articulate and interesting. Our trackers, Palance at Shumbalala, and Mike at Londolozi, pointed the way to some incredible sightings. We felt we were not only tracking and seeing beautiful animals but also learning a lot about them, almost like hunting. Our guides' command of the vehicles and knowledge of the animals meant we always felt safe. All of our senses were in play and our minds were thoroughly engaged. We had many photo opportunities, often going off road to pursue lions, African wild dogs, a cheetah kill, or a leopard. We grew accustomed to the routine at the lodges, even getting up at 5:30 am, and miss it even now, especially the feeling of excitement when you mount the Land Rover in the morning at what you might see in the glorious sunrise. In short, we are quite hooked.

    Helen Brown, June 2013
  • And Shumbalala is an extraordinary place for safari. We loved it. Also the flights were perfect. Always well-timed. No hurry and no waste of time. Excellent. Evelyn was also very excited and enjoyed her birthday in Shumbalala very much. So we will return again. That’s for sure!

    Hans Helmreich, April 2013
  • Just wanted to let you know our stay at Shumbalala was amazing. We lucked out and got to stay in the presidential suite as the room we were supposed to stay in needed maintenance. Saw all the big five and more. Ranger and all staff at the resort were fantastic.

    Tony Elvin, April 2012
  • Our time at Shumbalala was simply wonderful! I really had set the safari trip up for Jean, rather than for me - I wasn't expecting much personally. I was wrong. There's something about bumping over the sand roads in the Bush Veld early each morning that I really, really liked. The animals were spectacular as well. We loved the hospitality at Shumbalala, and our accommodation was fantastic. We sighted a giraffe off our back deck while we were still being shown our room! All meals there were excellent, and the fact that there are typically no more than 8 guests in residence really made it a very personal experience.

    Dennis Bays, March 2012
  • Loving it here - it's fantastic and we have seen so many amazing things!!!

    Jennifer Miranne, March 2012
  • Our stay at Shumbalala Lodge was great! The staff took care of our every needs & that was the highlight of our trip. We didn't want to leave.

    Jacques Doucet, June 2011
  • Shumbalala was wonderful - especially so since we were the ONLY guests at the lodge, and it was like being royalty! Our game drives were therefore just perfect, and my photographer husband could do just whatever he liked and take as long over it as he liked. The staff were exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly, nice, and at the same time really professional. And the food and the ambience were excellent. I could not recommend Shumbalala any more highly.

    Ann Hirst-Smith, January 2011

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Lisa Liprini

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"A superior safari experience that ticks all the boxes, Shumbalala will exceed all of your expectations - the full 5 star bush experience."



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Our stay at Shumbalala Lodge was great! The staff took care of our every needs & that was the highlight of our trip. We didn't want to leave.

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